Barricaded suspect arrested after 4-hour standoff

Active shooter situation ends in Portsmouth, barricaded suspect taken into custody

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WVEC) -- An active shooter situation ended without incident and the suspect in custody, Portsmouth Police said.

"The situation on Gillis Road has been resolved," police tweeted early Tuesday morning. "The barricaded subject has been taken into custody without incident."

Police issued an active shooter alert Monday evening, warning residents to "take cover immediately."

According to police, the barricade situation unfolded in the 100 block of Gillis Road at 7:45 p.m. Police said the suspect, later identified as 33-year-old Zachariah Burd, refused to speak with responding officers, barricading himself in a house.  A short time later Burd allegedly emerged, irate and armed, firing several shots in the direction of officers holding a perimeter position around the home.  

None of the officers were injured.

The active shooter alert was then issued and drivers were asked to avoid the area. Residents were instructed to take cover and stay as low to the ground as possible.

The Portsmouth Police SWAT Unit and police negotiators responded to the scene in an attempt to communicate with Burd.

Shortly after 12:15 a.m., he was taken into police custody without incident. 

Burd is charged with Attempted Capital Murder, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, and Reckless Handling of a Firearm.  He is currently in the custody of the Portsmouth Sheriff’s Office.

 

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